Built in the mid-1870s, currently under restoration and management by the BLM, we were fortunate to get the last available reservations for a night tour (offered only two times a year) on Oct. 19th. Docents in period dress reenact life as it would have been. We arrived later than our appointed time, but were allowed to join the next group (tours leave every 15 mins.)
On the night tour you see the lighthouse, water tower, fog signal building, oil house as well as the grounds.
On a clear night, the sunset would have been spectacular, but it was cloudy and the sun disappeared without its usual Central Coast amazing show.
The sea lions just offshore present an ever-present audio/visual circus; the harbor seals and the cormorants - a bit more restrained.
And most wonderful of all, the elephant seal laying on the beach, frolicking in the waters.
It was well worth the $15 pp, but dress warmly. The wind is sharply cold.